Pontresina for explorers
You’re always eager to learn? You like taking a deep-dive into culture, customs and local culinary delights? Arriving at Pontresina in the evening, you can choose between dinner at your hotel’s restaurant or one of these options:
- Hotel Restaurant Morteratsch: authentic, fresh and local, located at the foot of Morteratsch glacier, encircled by Alpine peaks;
- Arvensaal at Kochendörfer’s Hotel Albris: fresh cuisine, high-grade products and popular fish dishes in a wonderful room built from Swiss pines;
- Hotel Station: pizza, pasta or steak in a cosy country-style setting.
Leaving your hotel early the following morning will give you time for exploring the surroundings:
- Train trip to Alp Grüm, the well-known panoramic station along the Bernina railway line. Easily accessible by Rhaetian Railway from Pontresina. Have some home-made capuns, pizzoccheri or an original glacier fondue in the restaurant.
- Diavolezza, the panoramic mountain close to heaven. Mountaintop building at almost 3,000 metres above sea level, with a view of the Bernina range, Piz Palü and one of the most beautiful mountain backdrops in the Alps.
- Muottas Muragl panorama trail following in Segantini’s footsteps. World-famous painter Giovanni Segantini loved the scenery opening up to him at Schafberg. Take the railway up to Muottas Muragl from where to walk the panorama trail through pine-tree forests, past Schafberg and always with the Bernina mountain range in sight. Have a bite and a drink at Alp Languard before a leisurely chairlift ride back down to Pontresina.
If your curiosity is still unsatisfied, you must pay a visit to the Alpine Museum and its exhibitions on summer and winter mountaineering. You’ll get impressive insight in the pioneering times of mountain-climbing such as the period when the highest peaks in the Bernina range were conquered for the first time.
How about discovering the world and, in particular, the Engadine landscape and culture through the eyes of an unconventional local photographer? If you feel like it, visit L’Atelier Gian Giovanoli.
If you wish to find out more about food and drink in Pontresina and the Engadine, you may want to visit the Morteratsch Alpine cheese dairy to get authentic insight in traditional cheese-making. And why not go to Gianottis confectionery for all the sweet temptations you may have ever dreamt of, from Engadiner Nusstorte, a caramelised nut-filled pastry, through local almond cake to shockingly delicious chocolate specialities?